Ja Rule wants to stage another Fyre Festival

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Ja Rule, the onetime New York rapper turned festival promoter and app developer, wants to take another shot at putting on the “most iconic festival that never was.”

The flames that Fyre Festival famously went down in back in 2017 still continue to burn, already churning out two well-received documentaries and a Lonely Island spoof film underway. Sold as the pinnacle of luxury festival experiences—where attendees could rub shoulders with Instagram models on Pablo Escobar’s remote island and eat foie gras on jet skis—Fyre Festival instead turned out to be a monumental disaster. The event nearly spiraled into a crisis situation with thousands of revelers essentially stranded on a concrete rock in the ocean with hoards of unpaid Bahamian locals demanding their rightful wages. Good god, one man even went as far as preparing to fellate a law enforcement official for clean water. Ultimately, the scam resulted in Fyre Festival’s chief architect, Billy McFarland, serving a six year federal prison sentence on multiple fraud charges.

Now, before we get into ripping festival co-founder Ja Rule too hard, remember,

While Billy is away however, Ja is apparently hard at work with his own new venture, ICONN. Similar to the Fyre app, ICONN aims to connect people with high profile talent like Cardi B and Snoop Dogg for private event bookings. When recently questioned in an airport, the rapper recently told TMZ,

“In the midst of chaos is opportunity. I’m working on a lot of new things.”  [Fyre] is most iconic festival that never was. I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn’t hear it from me.”

“Iconic” is an interesting choice of words here. Sounds like some second rate marketing campaign for Ja’s ICONN platform is already in the works.

The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone confirms band’s Fyre spoof with Seth Rogen is still happening

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The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone confirms band’s Fyre spoof with Seth Rogen is still happeningThe Lonely Item

“This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes HORRIBLY WRONG,” tweeted Seth Rogen shortly after the Fyre chaos unfolded across social media. Nearly two years later, The Lonely Island‘s Jorma Taccone confirmed in an interview with The Daily Beast that the film is still being made, and will officially center around the failed festival. The project will likely take on the satirical angle taken in Popstar: Never Stop Stopping.

“I don’t want to divulge all the details but we’re figuring it out right now. You’ve seen the docs, right? It’s crazy. This is something that Akiva and Seth cooked up, and we’re figuring it all out right now,” divulged Taccone, who’s seen the Netflix documentary three times according to The Daily Beast. Surely, their take on the Fyre disaster is sure to be a hit.

 

H/T: The Daily Beast 

Andy King of Fyre Festival elicits multiple TV offers following Netflix’s ‘Fyre’ documentary

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Andy King of Fyre Festival elicits multiple TV offers following Netflix’s ‘Fyre’ documentaryAndy King

Andy King’s ears have been burning with delight. Event-producer-turned-meme-sensation, King has ascended to internet phenomenon status following his cameo on Fyre, Netflix‘s wildly popular documentary on the boutique festival that never was.

Viewers of the Netflix original will recall King as the interviewee who recounted a now-infamous phone call with Fyre Festival founder, Billy McFarland, who in short asked King to trade sexual favors to ensure the delivery of the event’s store of Evian water, after Bahamian customs detained Fyre Festival’s supply, demanding that staff pay a total of $175,000 in fees in exchange for the water.

Much like a phoenix, King is poised to soon rise from the ashes of the failed Fyre Festival. Vanity Fair reported that King has received a number of attractive offers following his famed documentary role. Three water companies, and three TV networks  have reportedly approached King.

“I can’t talk about it too much, but they’re essentially like, ‘Listen, we’re working on a new ad campaign,’” King said of the water companies’ promotional advances. “I had three TV show offers this week, from notable networks… Let’s just say it’s going to be a show about hosting crazy events, what it takes to make them happen. There will be cliffhangers, and you’ll get to follow me around and see how I pull them off.”

King is adamant that he isn’t interested in using his newfound fame to push a line of products stamped with his surname. Safe to say, King isn’t parched when it comes to promotional prospects.

“You’re not going to see me launch a handbag line or makeup,” King said. “I think I’m being given a platform that a lot of people, at age 58 especially, don’t get the opportunity to have. And I’m kind of excited about it.”

H/T: Vanity Fair

Fyre Fest Documentary Star Who Was Gonna Suck Dick For Water May Get His Own Show

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Andy KingDid you watch Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Netflix’s recent documentary about the spectacular Fyre Festival debacle? Event producer Andy King has emerged as the film’s breakout star, a sympathetic guy who was just trying his best to pull the doomed festival off. And perhaps the most memorable moment in the … More »

Re-live the Fyre catastrophe in Detroit with LARP – details ‘TBA’

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Re-live the Fyre catastrophe in Detroit with LARP – details ‘TBA’Fyre Festival Lord Of The Flies

Remember how Fyre Festival took on a life of its own in 2017 thanks to the help of social media influencers and the vague, yet desirable promise to have a party of the ages on a secluded island? If not, both Netflix and Hulu have got this topic covered in their respective documentaries. Or, something even more immersive awaits in Detroit: an actual LARP (Live Action Role Play), where guests can recreate the disaster in-person.

The event will be held at what organizer Michelle Birawer and her friends call, “the party island of Hamtramck,” which is actually a landlocked area of the city—much like Fyre attendees believed they were going to party on Pablo Escobar’s old island, but really ended up in a resort parking lot in Exhuma. It was originally planned to be held in the Belle Isle on the Detroit river, but city officials quickly banned it after curious fans began calling in to inquire about the event.

Fyre’s Detroit LARP has a funny backstory; it began as a joke event on Facebook, and like the festival itself, ended up becoming its own viral creature. Birawer promises to provide a historically accurate experience for participants, down to the sad cheese sandwiches from the original fest, shabby tents, and even gifting a few lucky guests with “influencer cards.”

See the event page here.

 

H/T: Mixmag

Fyre Festival models facing subpoenas over promotional payments

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Fyre Festival models facing subpoenas over promotional paymentsModels Fyre Festival

Fyre Festival had positioned itself in 2017 to be the world’s top luxury festival experience, capitalizing on promotion from globally revered models and eye-catching locations to draw millions of dollars in ticket sales. However, Fyre’s grisly end yielded a new reputation as something of an anti-festival, ending in open-and-shut catastrophe and, ultimately, cancellation. Recently released documentaries from Netflix and Hulu catapulted the failed festival back into public discussion and solidified its status as something of an organizer’s guide on how not to throw a festival.

Now, the modeling agencies representing Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hailey Bieber (formerly Hailey Baldwin)—the stars of the notorious Fyre Festival promotional video—have been purportedly subpoenaed to reveal details surrounding the payments they received from Fyre Media and convicted festival organizer, Billy McFarland.

Among the subpoenaed models is also Kendall Jenner, whom fire paid $250,000 to make a single Instagram post about the festival. Jenner, having hinted that members of G.O.O.D. Music would be performing at the festival, has since removed all related posts on the topic; the main point of contention here being that Jenner never indicated that she was being paid to promote the festival.

With, Gregory Messer, the trustee handling Fyre’s bankruptcy proceedings looking for more insights on the festival’s failure and McFarland’s shoddy planning, more subpoenas and legal orders are likely in store. In addition to the models, Messer plans to subpoena multiple talent agencies, including Paradigm and Jerry Media.

This story is still developing. 

H/T: Billboard

Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000

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Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000Fyre Festival Lord Of The Flies

With the new year came two visceral documentaries on the Fyre Festival disaster from streaming titans Hulu and Netflix. Both explored the chaos leading up to the event, and just how far Billy McFarland had gone in scamming and defrauding investors, staff, and fans alike.

Netflix’s documentary focused more on the business angle, taking an in-depth look at local Bahamian businesses that were left unpaid by McFarland and his team. One story in particular was heartbreaking: Maryann Rolle, chef and owner of a catering business on St. Martin. “Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place,” she began on her GoFundMe page. Following Fyre’s downfall, she felt compelled to pay the employees under her and drained her entire life savings of $50k to do so. Her credit was also ruined amid the scandal.

Luckily, the public has risen to the occasion. The fundraiser has since raised upwards of $135k as of press time, restoring her savings and other damages caused to her and her business. Ja Rule also reached out to her on Instagram, voicing his heartbreak over the situation. The rapper, who at one point called himself a co-founder of the festival, also claimed he’d been “bamboozled and lead astray” by McFarland and company.


H/T: Rolling Stone

Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000

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Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000Fyre Festival Lord Of The Flies

With the new year came two visceral documentaries on the Fyre Festival disaster from streaming titans Hulu and Netflix. Both explored the chaos leading up to the event, and just how far Billy McFarland had gone in scamming and defrauding investors, staff, and fans alike.

Netflix’s documentary focused more on the business angle, taking an in-depth look at local Bahamian businesses that were left unpaid by McFarland and his team. One story in particular was heartbreaking: Maryann Rolle, chef and owner of a catering business on St. Martin. “Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place,” she began on her GoFundMe page. Following Fyre’s downfall, she felt compelled to pay the employees under her and drained her entire life savings of $50k to do so. Her credit was also ruined amid the scandal.

Luckily, the public has risen to the occasion. The fundraiser has since raised upwards of $135k as of press time, restoring her savings and other damages caused to her and her business. Ja Rule also reached out to her on Instagram, voicing his heartbreak over the situation. The rapper, who at one point called himself a co-founder of the festival, also claimed he’d been “bamboozled and lead astray” by McFarland and company.


H/T: Rolling Stone

Loving The Fyre Festival Drama But Still Have Unanswered Questions? – This Podcast Can Help

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I will never forget the moment I realized that Fyre Festival was actually a fraud. It really was a terrible moment. I remember getting the first email about Fyre Festival, from one of the top PR firms in the world, 42 West. This company handled clients such as The Academy Awards, so why would I

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Ja Rule Goes On The Defensive Via Twitter After Fyre Festival Documentaries And Its Awkwardly Desperate

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Netflix and Hulu duked it out last week, both releasing their own documentaries about the ill-fated, supposedly ultra-lux festival, Fyre Festival. Both documentaries explain at length that many parties were involved in the creation of the Fyre Festival. Specifically, it explains how so many individuals could be complicit in an event that seemed doomed from

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